9 August, 2022


What The Hell Is The International Community Doing? Jerusalem Is Burning!

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Jerusalem, sacred to many religions and civilizations, is virtually burning. But the international community including the United Nations are sleeping! They will jump and shout if something even small scale happens in a culturally different, third world developing country. But on the question of Palestine, they have always been ambiguous, silent, or selective.

Even the international human rights shenanigans are the same. They are more dubious and hypocritical because the issues are related to fundamental human rights violations that they talk about. That is one reason why the Israel-Palestinian or more correctly Palestinian-Israeli question has been dragging on since the arbitrary creation of Israel in 1948.

Victims Becoming Perpetrators?

Jews were the victims of terrible atrocities under fascism in Germany and similar countries leading to the Second World War. Even on the question of Jews, the then international community including the League of Nations were late and ambiguous, and to a great extent culpable. The same pattern appears to be repeating this time in the reverse order. The then victims, the Jews, now becoming the terrible perpetrators. If not fascism what kind of ‘naming’ should we attribute to the behavior of Israel today?

Among many victim communities, there are always dreadful extremisms. This is also apparent among some Palestinian groups. In the case of Jews, Zionism was/is the form of Jewish fascism. It is on this fascism that the international community is silent today. This should change and this must be changed. Otherwise, there is no solution to the Palestinian question or to the peaceful existence of Israel.

The possibility of avoiding victims becoming perpetrators is not a hypothetical question. South Africa is a positive example where this predicament was largely avoided. The good or correct behavior of the international community, on both sides of the fence, is important for this realization. Yasser Arafat in this sense was a rational and a reasonable person whatever his deviations in the young years. This cannot be said for any of the Israeli leaders and particularly of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Those who talk big about war crimes and crimes against humanity (or genocide) have always been silent about the Palestinian question and accompanied atrocities. Netanyahu should not be the PM of Israel, but an accused before the International Criminal Court. Perhaps his skin color or the political ideology is not suitable for prosecuting him before the ICC! China should perform a more proactive role on the Palestinian question.   

Present Escalation

The present escalation of conflict or more correctly atrocities started when Israel started forced evacuation of Palestinians from East Jerusalem and destroying their homes, including repeated attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque during the Ramadan period. The reactions from Hamas and ordinary Palestinians were natural given the present and past atrocities. Nearly half a million Palestinians were expelled or evacuated when Israel was formed in 1948. Most of them became refugees in Palestinian territories and many other countries (Jordan, Lebanon etc.).

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) was created in 1949 because of this situation. Refugees became piled up in 1956, 1967 and thereafter due to repeated atrocities. I have visited many of these refugee camps in 1980s as the World University Service (WUS) was offering scholarships and some other facilities for higher education, although modest.

East Jerusalem was never a part of Israel or Jewish settlements at least in the modern era. There was a vast difference between the Eastern and Western parts of Jerusalem as I saw them. It was very clear to see. One was extremely poor, the other was extremely rich. One was culturally Western, and the other was Eastern. One was Islam, and the other was Jewish – the Christian historical places lying in between. 

It was a henious crime to forcefully annex East Jerusalem in 1967. It was more henious to claim the whole of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel since 1980. The backing of the United States, directly and indirectly, throughout years was the primary incentive for the Israel to do these atrocities. Jerusalem is one place where the Eastern and Western civilizations come into open clash with the backing of the Americans.

Hypocrisy of Joe Biden

It is nearly four year since (2017) America recognized the whole of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It is still the American official policy. It is not merely a policy of that lunatic Donald Trump. Joe Biden is merely a disguised hypocrite. 

In January 2021, during his Senate confirmation, the Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked, 

“Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and do you commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem?” 

“Yes, and Yes,” said Blinken without any blinking. His voice was Joe Biden’s. 

The American Embassy is still in Jerusalem and that is where all the atrocities are endorsed. If it is not, Joe Biden should immediately call the UN Security Council and should take a decision to take over the whole of Jerusalem under the UN peacekeeping force. The UN has done so many takeovers in very many places (in Africa and Asia?) and why cannot it do the same in Jerusalem?

Proposals for Peace

History is full of ironies. Jerusalem is often interpreted as the ‘city of peace.’ However, it is not the case today or even in the past. The peace has always been robbed from the people by the rulers and politicians. I was once getting out of the King David St looking for a service taxi behind the International YMCA hotel in Jerusalem during my visits. A bomb suddenly blasted in a nearby bus and a dozen of people instantly got killed. 

What does the Psalm 122:6-7 says? “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem; May those who Love you be Secure. May there be Peace within Your Walls and Security within Your Citadels.”

Today, it is difficult to have ‘security within your citadels or peace within your walls’ for anyone, unless the UN intervenes impartially, independently, and reasonably to all. There are Jews and Palestinians, and there are Islamists and even Christians. Jerusalem is a holy place for all.

There are proposals to have Jerusalem as the capital of both Israel and Palestine, proposed undoubtedly with good intentions. However, it would be too ideal to have such a ‘cooperation’ in the immediate future given the past circumstances.

In the immediate circumstances, what is necessary is to stop missile exchanges of both sides and stop Israeli atrocities particularly the Palestinian evacuations in Jerusalem. This should be done in good faith and on a sustainable basis. Netanyahu should go. He does not have even a clear majority in Israeli Parliament. This is one reason why he is escalating the conflict and mobilizing rightwing youth to aggravate the situation.

As ‘sharing’ of Jerusalem is not practically possible, what might be necessary is for the Israel to take back its ‘artificial’ capital to Tel Aviv and allow Palestine to use Hebron or Ramallah as their capital. The whole of Jerusalem (both East and West) can be considered ‘a peace zone and a pilgrimage city’ for all religious faiths of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It can be a combined administration under the supervision of a proper UN.   

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  • 3

    Israel palestine 3
    While for most religous Jews
    Jerusalem is a home Sickness ,
    while for the Modernist Jews who are Zionists ( I believe) Jerusalem is a convienient Symbolism to implement the agenda of Zionism.

    PM , Benjamin Netanyahu is the grandson of Natan , who later changed his name to Netanyahu.

    Natan was a Zionist activist,.he turned life into hell for Europe and the Western world, he was the most powerful voice among the Zionists.

    Nathan and family moved to Israel and his grandson, PM Benjamin Netanyahu was the 1st born Israeli.

    With all odds Netanyahu keeps getting elected as PM ..

    Have you ever asked yourself this question ,.why ????
    to be continued part 4

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    Israel – Palestine 4
    Before I go further there is something important to clear , there is a huge misconception about Zionism and Judaism .
    Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism or their religions , its a independent organization who claims to represent the Jewsish right but not so .
    There are on their Platform many from other religous groups who are recognised as Zionist x y z.
    While for Palestinians Muslims and Christians they are united in claiming it as their Ancestral land and both consider Jerusalam as the Thier foundation of their faiths.
    The People of Palestine and the Anti Zionist Jews are all sincere in their connection to palestine .
    The present war not just in palestine but in whole of Middle East are a pyramid of Proxy wars that packaged in different types of Islamic Teror outfits , No need to go into details of their names .
    While Three very powerful Muslim nations struggle for power in the name of Ummah , The Muslim Community , The Zionist are working hard to complete the agenda of the power controllers on the top of the pyramid .
    so what is the final out come ?

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    Benjamin Netanyahu,
    has a job to complete ,and he has to do it under any circumstance , fullfulling his grandfather’s aspiration.
    To completely annex Whole of Jerusalam and all the religous sherines along with it.
    Nathan’s constitution is Israel has to become a Jewish republic and to allow a minority of other religions to also become Citizens, but the large majority must be Jewish.
    If you look at the map of west bank you will understand .
    This is what may happen ,
    Netanyahu will use all his might and his powerful allies to populate
    West bank with jews until the palestinians become a minority .
    once that is achieved , which Israel has above 50% now , he will try his utmost to annex it as part of extended Israel , and giving the option for remaining palestinians to take up Israel Citizenship , same as the presenet Arabs in Israel or leave…
    If the international community puts presure on ,.the next step.will be to give a small portion of west bank to palestinians as self goverenence same as Gaza at present but under Israel
    The only palestinian statehood after Israel achieves its agenda Israel will approve will be Gaza .
    Gaza was neatly cut off from West bank for this reason

  • 3

    To my fellow readers , I am neither fahmy nor Lanka Nitizen
    I dont know what Nitizen means .
    Just to.clear the air ,
    The similarity in names
    Mine is Lanka NETIZEN and not nitizen
    hee hee Sinhala man what did Fahmy rob from you ?
    you should be careful .


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      • 1

        Oh, dear,
        For now, would you please allow me to state that when I posted some comments about two days ago, I got the name used on certain comments wrong.
        The name was FAHIM KNIGHT.
        I regret my initial carelessness.
        Admittedly, the 198 word comment, which I worked at for 6 hours may have been considered rather too – I’m wondering what adjective to use – combative.
        Please let this in for purposes of record

  • 1

    @sinhala man
    hussain fahmy may be some high profile guy , becareful, dont write rubbish , top profile are now invisble.
    dont mention names .
    sounds like a sis …

  • 1

    To whom it may concern ,
    dont be a cardboard hero on any journal or medias .

    Its being a dumb Axxx if you use real names by making allegations , especially if you can not prove it and if you are a foreigner it could be even worse.
    We do not know who are really high profile people .
    At present the Country is considered Teror proned
    why go around fingering others
    Axxx hxlxx .
    when you have no proof of any threat.
    only a good advice

  • 2

    final countdown
    Israel – Palestine
    Gaza may get full statehood of
    Palestine , with the approval of Israel
    Mahmood Abbas may be made president and Israel may give him all the militry might , including air capabilities and ground power to defend against powerful Hammas .
    hammas and PLO are bitter enemies.
    Thereafter Israel may free themselves by handing over the headache to PLO and who w
    may become the Shield for Israel.
    Just like south Sudden.
    lot of may be and ifs .
    Tommorrow is never promised to anyone
    We can only be spectors

  • 2

    What did the world do when Sinhala army murdered in cold blood hundred and thousands of tamil civilians in Mullivaikal? Now all the murderers are occupying top positions in the dying regime. Carpet bombing, cluster bombing, gaseous bombing in civlian targets againts all war conventions and still calling as a Buddhsit country. You guys have no right to blame Israel though the jews are ruthless, selfish, greedy, manipulative lot. Adolf Hitler may be right for what he did to jews.

    • 2

      Rather more complicated.
      Blame racist Sinhalayo, but no excuse either for Hitler or Zionists.
      Examine also, very carefully what NETIZEN is saying, and the variations of spellings that he uses.
      Question the use of stereotypes.
      This is from my phone.

  • 0

    Manel has written a lot for Palestinians, to whom all countries agrees that they need a solution, including America, specifically President Bidden, with whom Manel seems to have a grudge. She is narrowly looking at Palestinians only, but the West is looking at Hamas, Iran, Syria, Russia, Turkey and the soon to be declared as new Ayatollah country, Yemen. Palestinians are getting food aid from UN, working in Israel and getting paid, but Hamas buying misallies from economically sanctioned Iran and firing at Israel a 1000 at a night. But sadly, most of the aid is put together by Western Countries. Western Countries are not going to tell Israel not to reply for Hamas, though have advised Israel not to be excess and cause civilians’ death. Manel can simply say “I don’t like Hamas”. West will not say that & start to bomb Israel with Hamas. In that situation West will not leave Israel alone. They believe leaving Israel alone can be taken as advantage by Iran and Russia and that will change the order of the world. Some of them are already regretting leaving Tamils alone with South Asian Hitler country Lankawe.

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